Something for Nothing
- Publication date
- Public Domain
- Digitizing sponsor
- Chevrolet Motor Company
"WITH THE HELP OF RUBE GOLDBERG, THE PICTURE PROVES THAT WE CAN'T GET SOMETHING FOR NOTHING. THAT IS, TO GET POWER OUT OF AN ENGINE, YOU HAVE TO PUT FUEL IN. HOWEVER, MODERN ENGINES ARE DESIGNED TO CONSERVE FUEL & DELIVER FULL POWER ON EVERY STROKE."
CHEVROLET ADVERTISING AUTOMOBILES TRANSPORTATION GOLDBERG, RUBE CARTOONS CARTOONISTS ANIMATION ENGINES MOTORS FUEL ENERGY PETROLEUM OIL GASOLINE POWER STROKES CYLINDERS PISTONS DRAWINGS FANTASY HUMOR
- Closed captioning
- United States
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Subject: Rube GoIdberg terrific
Subject: Something for Nothing
An entertaining piece of propaganda/subtle advertising for its time, and another damning piece of evidence against the gas and auto industry. They were obviously threatened by hydro electric power, which would reduce the need for gas generated power and gasoline, and so set out to subtley influence the public's opinion on hydroelectric power.
Worth a look, just for the animated Rube Goldberg devices, but bear in mind that its demonstrations are fake, the explanations of engine operation are crude, and the slanderous moral of the story is that the hydroelectric dam is a perpetual motion machine(bad) and by implication the internal combustion engine and oil will last forever with little maintenance.
Subject: Can I have that drawing you're throwing to the floor?
Subject: Perpetual oil?
Subject: Best for nostalgia
Subject: Classic Rube Goldberg